Dead Bodies (2003) stars Andrew Scott as Tommy McGann, whose girlfriend (played by Katy Davis) accidentally dies in his flat. Afraid he’ll go to jail for manslaughter, he decides to hide the body, but as he’s digging the grave, he finds a second body. Later, when the girlfriend’s body is found, police suspect Tommy has killed both the girlfriend and the wife of the politician that was found in the same hole. Tommy solicits the help of his friend Noel (Darren Healy) to dispose of the evidence and find the real killer of the woman. Meanwhile, he’s falling fast for his friend Viv (Kelly Reilly).
Dead Bodies was slightly more enjoyable than A Film with Me in It, which has a similar premise, but it’s a drama rather than a comedy and therefore in some instances contrived or cliche. But for what it set out to do, it succeeded. There were plenty of twists and doubts about who was on whose side without getting tangled. In the beginning, the film doesn’t seem to know what genre it is because we get this serious voice over about the darkness Tommy has found inside of him, but then we’re in a seemingly teen flick (all right, twenty-somethings) where everyone’s running out of a house after a party before the parents get home. It has its roller coasters of funny and suspenseful scenes. Again, a suitable twist for the ending. Maybe not entirely original, but I can’t say I exactly saw it coming either.
Jaime Pond is the editor of Anglonerd. She lives and works in NYC. Follow her on Twitter.
Originally posted Aug. 12, 2013